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Everything You Need to Know: The 2016 Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival

Everything You Need to Know: The 2016 Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival

Join the fun as Centrum transforms Port Townsend into a blues mecca again in 2016! August 3-6 we celebrate the culmination of a week of learning in community with passionate tradition bearers in acoustic blues. Artistic Director Jerron Paxton has gathered an amazing community of musicians who were either born into blues traditions or became bearers of


2016 Blues in the Clubs Schedule Announced

We’ve just announced the performance line-ups for the Blues in the Clubs component of the 2016 Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival. Blues in the Clubs is perhaps the signature experience of the Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival. On Friday and Saturday night of festival week, the artist faculty head to numerous venues in Port Townsend’s historic


Jimmy “Duck” Holmes: Blues is Life

Jimmy “Duck” Holmes slung his jacket over the back of a pea-green reception hall chair and sat down with his Epiphone guitar in front of a microphone and an audience of about forty people who were mostly white and, at least that day, mostly his students. Holmes had ironed a crease in his jeans, put


Kenny Nichol Awarded 2016 Potter Blues Scholarship

Congratulations to Kenny Nichol, the winner of the John Potter Youth Music Scholarship to the Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Workshop. Our deep gratitude to Dan and Sara at Crossroads Music in Port Townsend for creating & funding this award.  I have been playing ukulele for 3 years, and I am very excited to be in the


Apply for the John Potter Blues Scholarship

Our friends at Crossroads Music in Port Townsend are once again paying for a young, aspiring blues musician from Jefferson or Clallam County to attend the Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Workshop. Crossroads Music began this music scholarship to honor their dear friend and teacher John Potter who passed in 2013.  He taught at Crossroads Music for


5/26: Seattle Secret Music Showcase

Don’t miss an evening of great music in support of Centrum scholarships. Performances by artist faculty from Centrum programming: Matt Munisteri (NYC jazz guitar virtuoso); Julian Smedley (jazz violin); Matt Weiner (jazz bass) and Casey MacGill (piano, cornet, ukulele); Friends of Centum: Red Water Trio (old jazz from new Hawaii); and young artists: Mason Turner